It will have the capacity to handle 3,100 passengers during peak hours
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati will get its second cargo terminal as part of the plan to develop the airport as the regional hub of transportation for the all the states in the Northeast. The enhanced facility will cater to a rise in cargo movement to and from the Northeast which will be linked to the neighbouring countries.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told the media that work on the Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal-II (CUDCT) at the airport would commence soon and the project expected to be completed next year. The air cargo capacity of the airport will be increased to 12,000 MT annually.
Guwahati airport being the major airport of the Northeast has witnessed a growth in cargo movement at a compound annual growth rate of 18 per cent for the last 10 years. Inbound cargo at the airport stands at 11,300 MT while the outbound cargo stands at 5,700 MT in 2016-17.
The first cargo terminal was commissioned last year which has state-of-the-art facilities such as dedicated cold storage, valuable storage, modern X-ray machine and an electronic weighing machine.
Plans for the overall revamp of the airport have also been finalised and expected to be completed by March 2021 at a cost of Rs 1,232 crore. The new building which will be spread over 90,000 square metres will be equipped with world-class passenger facilities. It will also have the capacity to handle 3,100 passengers during peak hours.
Guwahati, the biggest city in the Northeast, is also the gateway to the region. With the focus increasingly on implementing the Act East Policy, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport is expected to play a crucial role in facilitating to the neighbouring countries as well.
Regional executive director of Airports Authority of India (AAI) Dharmendra Kumar Karma also announced last January that the Guwahati airport will be the hub for Udan (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) project in the northeast region and ASEAN. It handled 3.8 million passengers in 2016-17, 36 per cent more than in the previous year but it had a capacity of only 3.5 million passengers per annum.
According to the new design that will be incorporated, the terminal building will conform to GRIHA 4-star rating which is a national rating system for green buildings. The building will be decorated with forest feature, bamboo artefact and a craft village, highlighting the rich ethos and culture of the region.
Other features of the project would be a solid waste management system, reuse of treated water for flushing and horticulture purposes, rainwater harvesting with sustainable urban drainage system and use of efficient water fixtures.
The new terminal will have 64 check-in counters, 20 self-check-in kiosks, eight immigration counters, eight custom counters, six arrival carousels, 10 aerobridges, 10 escalators, one travelator, 25 elevators, 20 aircraft parking bays and 16 self-baggage counters, among others.
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